I know, I know….you aren’t here and you may have limited interest in a conference all about food blogging. I get it. However, I want to remember the cool parts of the evening and my brain is a sieve these days so this is the easiest way for me to do it. If you are interested in what I saw/heard/did, great…you’ll love the posts over the next few days. If not, I’ll see you on Monday. 😉
First off, getting to Montreal before dinner requires a VERY EARLY flight out of Calgary. My alarm went off at 4:30 am. I am NOT a fan of getting up at any hour that starts with anything lower than a 9 so I was unimpressed at best. During my phase as a road warrior, I never really learned to sleep on a plane so I landed in Montreal tired and semi- cranky. Thankfully my flights, cab ride and check-in went off without a hitch. I even got a really HUGE swag bag!
After a bit of a rest, I headed downstairs to mix and mingle with the food blogger crowd at cocktails before dinner. I must admit that I know far fewer food bloggers by sight than bloggers from other genres. Thankfully my friends Fareen, Heather and Bernice are here. I also recognized Greta from Looney Spoons. I also got to meet a few bloggers that were very similar to me….they had technical careers that they left to become bloggers. Very cool to meet people with a common path to blogging. I even managed to keep my feelings of inadequacy around being a lifestyle blogger instead of a full time food blogger in check. Phew. Of course we got to enjoy delicious appies with our cocktails. My favorite? The beet and lentil toasts (no I have no idea what the actual name was…. #foodbloggerfail).
Next up was dinner presented by Turkey Farmers of Canada. I have to give them props for going outside the norm for turkey dishes BUT there was turkey in the dessert which was just a teeny bit weird. Okay, I lied. It was a lot weird. It’s okay though, I’ll forgive them because the rest of dinner was fab AND I got to meet some great ladies at our assigned tables. I was a little worried about having an assigned seat but it really works well to get us to mix and mingle beyond the people we already know.
After dinner we got to sample a few of the films that will be shown next Devour – The Food Film Fest in Nova Scotia on Nov 4-8. It was a new (and super fun) experience to watch a compilation of short films completely devoted to food. Some were humorous, some were educational and some were downright weird but they all opened our mind just a tiny bit further than it was before.
After feeding our brains, the night ended with a bit more food. Plates full of Canadian cheeses and dried fruit were presented for a midnight snack. What a way to end a great first evening of Food Bloggers of Canada 2015. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow will bring!